Suede: Love and Poison : David Barnett :Post a Comment. As one of the most legendary, important, and successful bands to come out of the s UK music scene, Suede exploded in popularity in before they ever released a note of music, simply via word of mouth and their electrifying live performances. Propelled by the songwriting team of singer Brett Anderson and guitarist Bernard Butler, the band was at the peak of their powers before it all spectacularly fell apart in Regrouping with a teenage fanturned new guitarist and an added keyboard player, the band reinvented themselves and reclaimed their place as one of the top UK bands of the s before dissolving amidst some bitterness in A surprise reunion for some gigs in led to yet another phase of their career which, two new albums and numerous shows later, shows no signs of abating in
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Suede: Love and Poison : The Authorised Biography
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Love and Poison is the official biography of the English alternative rock band Suede. The book, written by long-time band associate David Barnett, reveals the real stories behind singer Brett Anderson 's battle with drugs, his relationship with Elastica 's Justine Frischmann and the subsequent feud with Blur after she started stepping out with Damon Albarn. Also covered in great detail is Bernard Butler 's departure from the group, which includes accurate diary entries from drummer Simon Gilbert. The recruitment of year-old schoolboy Richard Oakes , as well as keyboard player Neil Codling 's struggle with illness and the band's final years are explained thoroughly. One writer wrote that: "The story of why their last two albums were such a mess, for instance, is far more interesting than either record. Compiled from hours of interviews with the band members and also featuring Frischmann, Mike Joyce and Ricky Gervais , the book also contains previously unpublished photographs.
I'm sitting in a rooftop garden looking out over Archway with Suede biographer, David Barnett. Heading back down towards Junction Road lay the Archway council estates, mobs from which 'stormed the palaces of Highgate' in the dream that inspired 'We Are The Pigs'. The excitement of those heady times is still there in David's voice and it strikes me enough to count that during the course of our hour long discussion, he mentions how 'great' it all was no less than 25 times. They did Jackie , Patches , and Blue Jeans and had a policy of taking on ten school-leavers every year. In , I was one of them.